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Your Next Step To Treat Arthritis Pain
See Inside • Your Next Step To Treat Arthritis Pain • 6 Ways To Help Your Arthritis Pain • Exercise Essentials • Staff Spotlight • Patient Success Spotlight
N E W S L E T T E R
If you’re constantly facing lower back, hip and knee pain you might be feeling arthritis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, roughly 54.4 million North American adults are diagnosed with some form of arthritis per year. As we age, our bones wear down. Are yours? If they are, don’t worry. It’s possible to alleviate the symptoms. It’s even possible to eliminate them entirely. If you have regular aches and pains, keep reading. We have a solution. Before knowing how to relieve arthritic pain, you’ll need to understand it. Arthritis—or the painful stiffness, or inflammation, of joints—isn’t a single disease. The term “arthritis” is an informal explanation of joint pain and disease in general. Over 100 types of arthritis exist, asserts the Arthritis Foundation. People of all ages, races and sex can get it. It’s also the leading cause of ongoing disability in America. What Causes Lower Back, Hip and Knee Arthritis? Because arthritis is a catch-all term, pinpointing what causes arthritis may be difficult. In most cases, arthritis is caused by injuries. These injuries degenerate bones, joints and cartilage, resulting in the pain. Arthritis can also be caused by: Your Next Step To Treat Arthritis Pain
Simply walking can cause arthritis in the lower back, hip and knee. Our legs wear down as they’re used. Sometimes, old age is simply the culprit as use wears away at our joints and bone tissue. This type of arthritis, called degenerative arthritis—or osteoarthritis—is the most common kind of arthritis. When the leg’s cartilage—or its slick, cushioned surface—is worn away, bone rubs against bone. This pain, stiffness and swelling requires professional osteoarthritis treatment. Arthritis & Physical Therapy Regardless of the cause of arthritis, physical therapy serves a purpose in most cases. Often, severe arthritis may require medication, hot and cold therapy or even surgery. While maintaining a healthy weight, exercise and a good diet help, medical intervention may eventually be needed. During physical therapy, the individual is trained to reach maximum mobility. They may also undergo exercises that reduce the pressure on arthritic spots. If a patient has undergone surgery, post-op physical therapy can help them reclaim their mobility—as well as their lifestyle. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you still have options. Call TODAY to schedule an evaluation with Colorado Injury Treatment Center.
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6 Ways To Help Your Arthritis Pain
pressure on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees.
When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management. When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss. Maintaining your recommended weight—or losing weight if you are overweight—can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease
3. Footwear and insoles. If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking.
4. Knee braces. For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat and cold. Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. 6. Exercise. Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do, is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction!
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JESSIE DUNLAP, PTA, CMT Having the opportunity to workwith people who have been injured, and having the skills to help them recover their ability to reintegrate into their normal activities brings great joy and fulfillment to my life.
For the last five years as a massage therapist, I have been able to expandmy knowledge base, grow in experience and improve my ability to understand and address the specific limitations of the human bodies that I come in contact with. When performing massage, I work hard to bring about change in the body while relaxing the mind. As a PTA, I seek to develop new and exciting waysofaddressing imbalance,restoringfunctionandpromoting healing in those I work with. It ismy life’s passion to help others and at CITC, I get to live my passion every day.
Low Back Pain Workshop Saturday, April 20 th at 10:15 AM
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I absolutely love this place! It’s a family owned business and they’re very attentive to clients needs. They have a great space which includes both physical therapy and personal training. I recently visited for physical therapy to get some help with my IT Band issues. Rashmi really helped me with my injury with acknowledging where my weaknesses were and giving exercises to strengthen and stretches to relieve tightness. Thanks to the Vert family and Rashmi I’m back to running again. I highly recommend this place. You will not be disappointed. - Nicole L Ingredients Trail Mix Healthy Recipe •1 cup raw almonds
Patient Success Spotlight
• 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped
• 3/4 cup raw cashews
• 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips
“My name is Donald, when I first cam to Colorado Injury Treatment Center I was having severe back and neck pain. After going to physical therapy for 3 months, I am now feeling great and without any pain at all. My therapist Leslie was excellent and I now feel like a new man! Thanks Colorado Injury Treatment Center, you have excellent staff from the front office to all of the physical therapists.” - Donald T.
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• sea salt for taste
• 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds
Instructions Chop any large ingredients if necessary to make everything about the same size. Give the dried fruit a light sprinkle of sea salt before you mix it in (it sticks better), or sprinkle the whole mix with salt if you prefer. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Exercise Essentials Strengthens Knees
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STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While on your back as shown below, keep your knee straight and lift your leg up while leaving the other foot flat on the surface with knee bent. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 20 times.
Always consult yourphysical therapistorphysicianbefore startingexercises youareunsureofdoing.
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